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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Audiogo; Unabridged edition (22 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619690594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619690592
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.8 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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"One of our best writers."--Lee Child

"Greg Rucka is a refreshingly bold talent."--Dennis Lehane

"A true professional."-- Chicago Tribune

"Rucka gets his new series featuring Ex-Delta Force Master Sergeant Jad Bell off to a smashing start with this pitch-perfect thriller. This lean, mean thriller with just the right amount of character development and unexpected complications will appeal to all who enjoy this genre but particularly to readers who like a strong hero along the lines of Lee Child's Jack Reacher. Highly recommended." "Library Journal (starred review)""

"An interesting setting, a liable hero, an appropriately clever villain, and a gripping story. A real corker." "Booklist""

"Pulse-pounding....Rucka mixes suspense and an alarmingly realistic plot with ease." "Publishers Weekly""

"Greg Rucka is one of the best writers in the world. The fact that he is so good in so many different media is a testament to that fact. No one media can hold him. Any new project of his is a call for pop culture celebration." "Brian Michael Bendis, writer of "Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four"""

"ALPHA is hands down, the most exciting, adrenaline-pumping, butt-kicking novel I've read in years. Rucka is the real deal. If this one doesn't make you stay up late rooting for the good guys, you don't have a heartbeat. Highly recommended!" "Christopher Reich, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Rules of Deception "and "Numbered Account"""

"One of our best writers." "Lee Child""

"Read Greg Rucka. It's that simple. Open one of his books and what you've got is a fistful of dynamite." "The Cincinnati Enquirer""

"Greg Rucka is a refreshingly bold talent." "Dennis Lehane""

"A true professional." "Chicago Tribune"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When terrorists attack the most famous theme park in America, one man stands in their way - expect explosive action from the start in a new series by New York Times bestselling author Greg Rucka. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jad Bell, a former military man, who fighted in wars in the elite U.S. troops, now unemployed, remained without a job not a long time. From the head of one of the secret services Jed gets an offer - to become a consulting security manager in one of the largest entertainment parks of the country. Bell feels that something is wrong, but accepts the offer, and the management of the park happily takes Bell to work as an undercover. The park is similar to Disneyland: thousands of visitors every day, billions dollars profit every year, maximum what can happen is one of the kids falls down and scratches his knee. The only thing that gives a signal to the alarm is a dead body of one of park employees found next to a park, and there are serious concerns that a man was killed in the park.

In parallel Rucka tells the story of a young man from Odessa, recruited by a terrorist organization, which makes a young man an American, transporting him to the United States, sending to serve in the American army, and then to university. The Ukrainian, whose real name is Matias, will be a leader of the capture of the park, and Bell will try to neutralize the terrorists, especially since on the day of attack in the park comes Jad's ex-wife and his daughter Athena.

The book has been compared with "Die Hard", and they do have similarities. The resemblance is superficial, as in "Die Hard" not for the first time the plot about the release of the hostages by a tough guy has been used. Bell, as the military (even then, probably, the word "former" is superfluous), leads a team of soldiers, all of whom serve in the U.S. Special Forces. The point is, a team of terrorists was trained in the same Special Forces.
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This novel is a fantastic start to a new series, a lean and mean thriller featuring protagonist Jonathan "Jad" Bel, a former master sergeant in the U.S. Army's Delta Force counterterrorism unit and now employed as a lead undercover security officer at an amusement park. Rumour has it terrorists with nuclear capability are plotting to target Wilsonville, a theme park in Southern California similar to Disneyland.

The story is tight, the action is well written, fast paced and it all takes place in a single day. The author has created another impressing line of riveting and sympathetic action heroes and villains and in the first chapters he brings us up to speed on each one of their personalities, their skills and their objectives in life.

The action kicks into high gear when a group of well-trained, highly motivated terrorists infiltrate the park and take as many hostages as possible including Jad's family who happen to be in attendance. After sealing off all escape routes, they demand all terrorists be released from custody and if their objectives are not met they want the world to witness the power and hatred they have against fellow man. A bloodbath on global TV is sure to follow.....

When the fireworks start we see how Jad, with his military wits and intense training, plays with the minds of the terrorists and how he processes threat by threat. On the other side, the terrorists have a seemingly endless list of gruesome counter tactics; they are so well prepared they even have a sleeper agent, Gabriel feeding them with information.

Mr. Rucka's attention to details is as well developed as his imagination. The story is a little farfetched but cram packed with a lot of action that will please some but not all. The novel ends with Jad a hero on his way to recovery, ready to kick ass wherever he is needed.
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If your a fan of vince Flynn, Lee Childs or similar, prepare to be let down.
It's not the worst book of the genre I've ever read and it actually starts out pretty well.
It develops half way in to an ordeal to read, with a plot that has lots of holes and very obvious twists that didn't engage me. I actually found myself wading to the end of the book to find it ends pretty abruptly and leaves more questions than answers. As a throw away holiday read is about all I would recommend it for!
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If you're a fan of Rucka's previous books then you won't be dissapointed with this one. Fast paced, exciting and very tense. I hope this is the first in a new series!
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A very interesting and thrilling story by the amazing writer Greg Rucka. The story ends with an open future for a next novel. A great character, Jad Bell.
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